Eco Origami Collection Wins Top Fashion Award

The London Design Museum Awards, known in the industry as fashion’s Oscar awards, honors the best of the best in the world of style. This year’s competition was fierce, with judges having to choose among contestants like Sarah Burton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress for the Duchess of Cambridge and French label Céline’s sleek car-inspired fall collection. But when it came to awarding pure innovation, nothing could top Issey Miyake’s 132.5 collection.

The 132.5 collection is a series of clothing made from recycled materials, such as plastic bottles reduced and woven into a polyester fabric. But what makes the line truly unique is that each ready-to-wear piece folds flat like origami. The clothing can be stored as a 2-D geometric shape, and then expanded instantly into 3-D dresses, tops and bottoms. The collection was designed with a software program that creates 3-D shapes out of a single piece of paper. The garments take on a paper-like quality, appearing delicate while at the same time being very durable. While the collection isn’t exactly for everyday, it gives an insight into what’s possible with the future of space-saving clothes. No iron needed. See a video of the clothes in action after the jump.

At Paper Culture, we even have a few origami invitations of our own.

Origami Invitations and Stationery